Broadmeadows Town Hall
Client: Hume City Council
Collaborative planning and design of catering areas for the $20.2M redevelopment of the Broadmeadows Town Hall
The Broadmeadows Town Hall played a significant role in the early life of Broadmeadows, as a central destination for local residents and the broader community to celebrate civic and social life. Within the existing building fabric of the Broadmeadows Town Hall, the project will innovate a new model for the integration of community, business and event spaces. Together, these spaces will enable the expansion of community programs and services, and support diversification in the local economy and job creation. Though the building has fallen out of use in recent years, the redevelopment will ensure that its place in the social and economic life of Broadmeadows is cemented for decades to come.
Council’s vision for the building and surrounds aims to create lively hub where people live, learn and work. It includes the restoration of the large upper hall so it can again host civic functions and aims to reactivate the Town Hall and engage residents through providing practical and modern indoor spaces that the entire community can utilise. Scheduled for construction from mid-2017, when completed the Broadmeadows Town hall will comprise a Business Hub and Co-working space, commercial office tenancies, and an Art Gallery. There will also be a catering area including a 510 person function venue, meeting rooms, service kitchens, bars and storage.
Kerstin Thompson Architects were appointed to lead the planning and design for this landmark building which will play a pivotal role in the activation and engagement of the planned Broadmeadows Activity Precinct.
The Maytrix Group worked closely with key stakeholders as part of the design team for the catering areas to ensure operationally effective facilities to meet forecast demand and provide accessible and flexible facilities.
The consultative planning process included Council led workshops, architectural briefs and design meetings to review multiple configurations to resolve area allocation. Over multiple levels and with limited area constraints, planning addressed service, storage and production as well as allocation for equipment.
The functional design has allowed for best use of the space and maximised capacity of the areas.